Initial reports suggested the vessel had sunk, but later clarified that it was found drifting.
IOM spokesperson Safa Msehil said: “Safe and regular pathways to migration are sorely lacking, which is what gives room to smugglers and traffickers to put people on these deadly journeys.”
Recent data revealed that thousands of refugees and migrants were fleeing poverty and war to escape, risking their lives for this dangerous journey.
In 2022, at least 559 people died attempting to reach the Canary Islands, and 126 died or went missing on the same route in the first six months.
Most of them take modest boats or motorised canoes provided by smugglers, who charge a fee for the trip.
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